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Hey Ram (ஹே ராம்) 2000

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BannerRaajkamal Films International
DirectorKamal Haasan
WriterKamal Haasan
ProducerKamal Haasan
Production executive
Production CompanyRaajkamal Films International
Music Director Ilaiyaraaja
Film EditingRenu Saluja
Art Director
Camera Operator
Assistant Cameramen
Playback Singers Ilaiyaraaja , Shruti Haasan , Kamal Haasan, Hariharan, Jolly Mukherjee, Kanapadikal, Viba Sharma , Anupama, Asha Bhosle, Hariharan, Rani Mukerji
CharacterActor / Actress
Saket RamKamal Haasan
Amjad Ali Khan Shah Rukh Khan
Aparna RamRani Mukerji
Ambujam Iyengar Hema Malini
Shriram AbhayankarAtul Kulkarni
Mythili IyengarD. Vasundhara
Uppilli IyengarGirish Karnad
LalwaniSaurabh Shukla
Bhashyam IyengarKavignar Vaali
Mahatma GandhiNaseeruddin Shah
Kasturba GandhiFarida Jalal
Saket Ram's sonChandrahasan
TailorShadaab Khan
Saket Ram Jr.Gautam Kanthadai
Munavar Abbas
Mr.ChariDelhi Ganesh
sardar vallabhbhai patel's daughter Shruti Haasan
Y.G. Mahendran
Goel Om Puri
Mythili's GrandmotherShowkar Janaki
The movie begins at present day with Saket Ram (Kamal Haasan), an 89-year-old Hindu man at his death bed. The scene reverts to the past as Saket remembers the 1940s, when he and his good friend, Amjad Ali Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) are archaeologists working together under their boss, Mortimer Wheeler, in Mohenjo-daro (Indus Valley Civilization) in the then North-West India. Relations are pleasant between the Indians and the English, and Saket and Amjad do not approve of Partition and the creation of Pakistan. Aparna Ram (Rani Mukerji), Saket's simple Bengali wife, is a school teacher. She lives in Calcutta in the midst of riots and chaos over the issue of the formation of Pakistan and the call by Mohammad Ali Jinnah for "Direct Action". Saket goes to Calcutta and is swept into the madness. In one instance, Saket saves an innocent Sikh girl from the hands of a barbaric Muslim gang. When he returns to his house, he finds a group of Muslims entering his house. They brutally rape and murder Aparna. Saket, unable to cope with his tragic loss, kills the Muslims who raped and killed his wife in a fit of rage.

Outside his house, he runs into Sriram Abhyankar (Atul Kulkarni), who is part of a Hindu militant group determined to fight the Muslims' malice with similar brute force, and assassinate Gandhi for what they perceive to be his treachery towards Hindu dominated India (Gandhi wanted Hindus and Muslims to co-exist peacefully with hope of winning over the hearts of the rioters through sheer self-pity). However, Abhyankar and his fellow extremists had lost patience at what they deemed Mahatma Gandhi's unreasonable stand to appease Pakistan, who had already invaded Kashmir by that time. Gandhi was pressuring the newly founded Indian state to pay Rs. 62 Crore to Pakistan and some territorial concessions as well.

Urged by family to remarry, Saket weds Mythili (Vasundhara Das). However, on a trip to Maharashtra, he reunites with Abhyankar and becomes a part of his militant organisation that plots to do away with Gandhi. Due to an horse-riding accident, Abhyankar is left a quadriplegic and has Ram swear that he will carry on his work, that of killing the Mahatma.

Saket comes to the belief that Mahatma Gandhi (Naseeruddin Shah) is solely responsible for the division of India and of the two religions and also of having supported whom they viewed as the enemy. Hindu fundamentalists, including Saket, are furious and plot to murder Gandhi. However, Saket, after several incidents surrounding and leading to Amjad's death (with whom he reunites briefly in a congested Delhi area), changes his mind about Gandhi. He decides against assassinating the leader, and attempts to beg for forgiveness. Soon afterwards, Gandhi is killed by another assassin, Nathuram Godse. Ironically, Gandhi dies without his famous last words: "Hey Ram!" as popularly believed, and as in Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi (film).

Then on, Saket Ram lives by Gandhian principles. As the 89-year-old Saket Ram is being taken to the hospital, he is told of bomb blasts in the city due to Hindu-Muslim communal riots. He asks "Innuma (even now)?". They are forced by the police to be taken into an underground shelter for their security, but Saket Ram dies there. In his funeral,Gandhiji's grandson comes and sees Saket's private room which is full of historical photos. Saket's grandson hands over Gandhi's footwear and spectacle which Saket had previously collected from the place of shootout and had treasured it all the while.
Release date18-Feb-00
Awards: Unknown.


Lyrics: Vaali, Kamal Haasan | Music: Ilaiyaraaja

1. Isaiyil Thodanguthamma | இசையில் தொடங்குதம்மா     
Voice: Ajay Chakravarthi, Chorus

2. Isaiyil | இசையில்     
Voice: Ilaiyaraaja

3. Nee Partha | நீ பார்த்த     
Voice: Asha Bhosle, Hariharan, Rani Mukerji

4. Pollatha | பொல்லாத     
Voice: Mahalakshmi, Annupamaa , Deshpamdey

5. Ram Ram | ராம் ராம்     
Voice: Kamal Haasan, Shruti Haasan

6. Ramar Analum | ராமர் அனாலும்     
Voice: Kamal Haasan, Hariharan, Jolly Mukherjee

7. Sanyaas | சன்யாஸ்     
Voice: Kamal Haasan

8. Vaishnavo Janato | வைஷ்ணவோ ஜனதோ     
Voice: Kanapadikal, Viba Sharma

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